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Lead Research Electrochemist

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Science and Research
Location
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We solve the problems others choose to ignore, with surprising new inventions that defy convention and simply work better. We’re growing fast and our ambition is huge – more categories, more locations and more people.

We push the boundaries of what others have defined as possible. Our approach starts with an engineering mindset and different thinking. Then we continuously refine our ideas – unwilling to compromise and driven by an obsession for finding a better way.

Dyson’s interest in researching and developing energy storage technologies started more than a decade ago, when it became apparent that the full potential of our DDM motors were starting to be held back by commercially available batteries. Fast-forward to 2021, and we now have over 100 scientists and engineers working on battery R&D across our labs in the UK, US and Singapore. 

With multiple generations of Dyson battery technologies ranging from early research through the industrialisation phase, Dyson are recruiting a wide range of roles across their UK and Singapore labs to accelerate progress. These roles include materials scientists, electrochemists, cell design engineers, cell test technicians, cell assembly technicians, mechanical design engineers, manufacturing process development engineers and manufacturing technologists. We are recruiting at all levels of seniority up to senior technical leadership roles. 


About the role

Dyson requires an experience and skilled Lead Research Electrochemist to help it achieve its current and long-term battery ambitions and support its RDD lab activities. The person will be expected to have a deep knowledge of electrochemistry and the fundamentals of how a lithium ion battery works. The role will be a mix between research in a laboratory and technical and people leadership.


You will join a growing team of chemists, physicists and engineers in Dyson’s Strategy &  Research Group. Your focus will be to perform improve the performance of lithium ion batteries and lead a small team of researchers. 

Responsibilities:

  • Involved in a program of research developing new materials for Li ion batteries with a focus on electrolytes
  • Be an expert in electrochemistry
  • Be heavily focused on hands on laboratory work
  • Be responsible for understanding material limitations and solving problems to enable rapid implementation of new cell technologies
  • Keep well informed on new developments in both academia and industry
  • Work together with other researchers to develop materials
  • Lead a small team of researchers focused on similar problems
  • Work within an energetic research environment focused on innovation
  • Be trained and developed to fully understand the R and D process for Li ion batteries
     

About you

  • Experience in a research environment focused on a deep understanding of Li ion batteries
  • PhD in Chemistry or Electrochemistry
  • Undergraduate degree in Chemistry or related
  • Experience of a Laboratory environment
  • Hardworking and keen to learn
  • Good track record for attention to detail
  • Methodical approach to work    
  • Good organisational and planning skills                                                                 
  • Strong problem solving skills exemplified by the ability to diagnose and rectify problems
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Understand how to lead and manage people 
  • The ability to manage personal contribution to a project with guidance from a manager
  • Good analytical ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format.
  • To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment in an organised manner.
  • Excellent team working skills.


Desirable experience:

  • Familiar with making scientific measurements and understand the importance of accuracy and precision.
  • Keep good records of you work and present results in a meaningful fashion.
  • An understanding and experience of good lab practice, including health and safety, COSHH and risk assessments
     

Benefits


Financial benefits:

  • Performance related bonus
  • Company paid Life Insurance
  • Discounts on Dyson machines
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Flexible benefits programme with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the ability to purchase additional holidays

Lifestyle benefits:

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays
  • Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidized café providing endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch

Health benefits:

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents
  • Digital GP and prescription service
  • On-site gym

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